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Happy Juneteenth!

Happy Juneteenth! Today is both a celebration of freedom and a moment of reflection.
On June 19, 1865 — over 2 years after President Lincoln declared all enslaved persons free — Union Army troops marched to Galveston, Texas, to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation and free the last enslaved Black Americans in Texas.

MMSD students, staff, administrators, and families joined in celebrating and supporting our community at the 2022 Dane County and Madison Juneteenth event on Saturday, June 18. MMSD staff walked in the parade along with Human Resources staff hosting a “recruitment/hiring” booth at Penn Park.

"Juneteenth was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate emancipation day, and to display the wealth of Black excellence in our community. It was heartwarming to see the diversity of MMSD staff and students who showed up in such strong numbers in recognition and support of our scholars and families," reflected Carolyn Stanford Taylor, MMSD Deputy Superintendent of Engagement, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


See photos from the event